Esther Lynch

Esther Lynch

Secretaria General de la Confederación Europea de Sindicatos (CES)
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Esther Lynch Esther Lynch was elected as ETUC Confederal Secretary at the Paris Congress in 2015. She has extensive trade union and legal experience at an Irish, European and International level and has played a key role in developing trade union strategies in Ireland and internationally. Her trade union experience began when she was elected as a shop steward in the 1980s. Before coming to the ETUC, she was the Legislation and Social Affairs Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). Within the ETUC, Esther has a wide-ranging portfolio with responsibility for collective bargaining and wage policy, public procurement, fundamental and trade union rights, labour law, and health and safety. She leads ETUC interventions on the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission’s Undeclared Work Platform and the ILO Future of Work Initiative. She manages the work of three ETUC Committees along with the Legal Strategy Group, NETLEX the ETUC Labour Law Expert Group. She is currently spearheading a major campaign for a pay rise in Europe. She oversees the political work of the ETUI in respect of Health and Safety and she has led a successful campaign on workplace cancers that led to a Covenant between Business Europe, the Commission and the ETUC. 

Work experience 

2015 - European Confederation of Trade Unions (ETUC), Confederal Secretary 

1993 - 2015 Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

2007-2015, Legislation and Social Affairs Officer, part of the senior team, 

2000- 2007, Industrial Officer with responsibility for Equality 

1993 - 2000, Social Policy Officer with responsibility for managing National Network of Unemployed Centres 

1991-1993 Irish Department of Social Welfare, Political Advisor to Minister for Social Affairs, Joan Burton TD 

1989 -1991 St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Coordinator for the Diploma Programme in estate management studies 

Other experience 

2000 - 2015 International Labour Organisation, worker delegate for Ireland; elected by the workers’ electoral college to the drafting committee for a number of international instruments. Coordinated the workers’ group in complaints against the UK and Ireland at the Committee on the Application of Standards. 

2013 - International Centre for Trade Union Rights, Executive member 

2014 - National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Senior Adjunct Lecturer in law 

2014 - Council of the Bar in Ireland, Attorney General's nominee to the Disciplinary 

2008 - 2013 Health and Safety Authority of Ireland, Board member 2000 - 2006 Board Joint Equality Council, Chair electricity supply 

2005 - 2008 Private Security Authority, Board member